My Thanksgiving Table Design – The S.T.A.R. Method

I am going to break down my Thanksgiving table design into the S.T.A.R. method.

Situation – I am hosting the Thompson family Thanksgiving dinner at my house, which makes me exponentially happy because I LOVE to entertain and be with my family.  There is one rather substantial problem, though.  Despite the years and years of collecting dishes, serveware, tabletop decor and more, I am left with little to nothing to pull together this year’s table because most of our stuff is in storage due to our house currently being on the market.  (For the record, if I still have this “situation” next year because our house hasn’t sold yet, I’m certain I will throw out a black tarp and drop down some food and call it a tablescape, because I will be utterly devastated if it hasn’t sold yet.)

Task – To design an adult and children’s table using items in the house that have yet to be packed and to be as frugal as possible if I need to purchase anything so that I don’t add clutter or even more of said entertaining “essentials” to the plethora that I currently own. Yes, Drew it is absolutely necessary to own 50 gold and silver chargers……

Action – My mission started at Hobby Lobby in their 80% off fall decor and I scored a grapevine pumpkin lantern and four gold and sequined pumpkins for 20 yes $20! I already had a bunch of glittery pumpkins in apothecary jars from my very simple fall decor in the house and so I decided that my palette would be a bit glitzy in nature.  After picking up some adorable paper plates and napkins for the kids’ table, I moved onto Walmart to grocery shop and picked up a really cool paper Thanksgiving activity tableclotch, paper cups and stickers for the kids’ table.  Once I got home, I was on the hunt through the house for plates, dinnerware and additional decor to pull it all together.  Luckily for me there was a forgotten closet of things that I used for a Nashville Lifestyles photoshoot (lucky for now, but not when it’s time to pack it) and I located silver chargers, clear brown plates, and this really neat vintage pheasant ice bucket and glasses that I picked up at an antique store a few years ago.  With the help of Hunter’s pumpkin from his school pumpkin patch that was sitting in the yard and the footed cake stand for the cookies, my centerpiece for the kids’ table was complete.  Rosemary from the herb garden made aromatic napkin rings.  The entry table was transformed into the bar to keep traffic out of the kitchen (if that’s even possible)and thus my Thanksgiving decor was complete.

Result – I will let the tablescapes speak for themselves, but I will say between the bar, main table and kids’ table, I only spent about $25 and found a new love for some of my old items that I totally forgot about.  I would say “job well done, Amanda!”

Stickers transformed these once plain paper cups into personalized drinking vessels for the kiddos.

Aren’t they cute?  Can you guess which one is Lillie’s?

As much as possible, this fun activity tablecloth kept the kiddos at least a little occupied while the “big people” ate and visited.

Waiting until the last minute isn’t always a bad thing considering I picked up these cutey plates and napkins for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.

My usual entry table sure did come through for me as our bar.

 Thank you glitter pumpkins! I will give you the award for best supporting decor!

 Who says “thrown together” has to look it! Be daring and just start layering your table with unusual things and it really might transform and “come together” into a beautiful tablescape.


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  1. katy olita says:

    Looks great, Amanda!!!


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